Digital Workshops in the Time of COVID

by Scott Steiskal, IJA Board member and Online Festival Workshop Director Since COVID-19 hit, mathematicians and yoga instructors have reverted to teaching their craft online. The grand power of the internet gives jugglers the ability to stay connected and share skills with each other. We can now spread juggling in new and exciting ways. The IJA festival is happening online …

Ruth Carlsson

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Ruth Carlsson Wollbruck was a juggler and film actress in Hollywood. She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1919. As a child, she was always very active; she liked to learn performing and visual arts. She painted watercolors with needlepoint embroidery, and created fashionable dresses. Ruth married Carl Carlsson, a juggler who starred in the …

eJuggle 30 Second 5-Ball Routine Video Contest Results

  In the late 2000s, Anthony Gatto created a series of challenges where jugglers could create 30-second-long videos of themselves performing an unedited routine using a number and type of prop specified by Anthony. All of the videos had to be placed online by a certain date and then jugglers could vote on which video they thought was the best. …

Juggler burned alive at a traffic light

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Líber Maidana was a street juggler born in Uruguay. He was 28 years old. He traveled around the world juggling at traffic lights or in public squares. He was also an artist in several ways: he built beautiful works of crafts, participated in theater plays, painted, and he drew whatever idea came to mind. A …

Sylvester Schäffer Jr. – The Most Talented Man in the World

Sylvester Schäffer, Jr. (1885-1949) was the son and grandson of professional jugglers. His grandfather was Karl Johann Schäffer (1824-1917), who was trained by famous juggler Karl Rappo (1800-1854). Karl’s sons, Sylvester (Sr.) (1859-1934) and Severus, were both skilled jugglers. This was especially true of Severus, who gained a reasonable amount of fame. You can read an article I previously wrote …

Forest fire with fireballs

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggling accidents are very common. I think that all jugglers have suffered some kind of injury with juggling. David Cain, in his article called “Juggling Related Injuries and Deaths,” reveals some of the craziest and most unimaginable accidents in juggling. Cases like that of juggler Paul Stephens who suffered second-degree burns from catching a burning …

Juggling Greats of the Past (K – Z): A Video Survey

It happened again yesterday. A juggler contacted me and asked if there was one place online that they could turn to where they could see videos of the great jugglers of the past. I told them that there really wasn’t one place and ended up supplying them with a tons of various links. This has happened before, so there is …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Liza van Brakel from Netherlands | Juggling Clubs

Hello my name is Liza (no s) van Brakel and I’m from the Netherlands. I studied circus at Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is still the place to be for me and that’s why this video is shot there. It’s also an ode to beautiful and colorful Rotterdam. In those 4 years of circus school I started to combine two of …